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UNM graduate builds career at Lovelace
“I always wanted to work in health care,” shares Ryan Lewis, computed tomography technologist (CT tech) at Lovelace Women’s Hospital and University of New Mexico (UNM) graduate. After completing his core requirements at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Ryan transferred to UNM to pursue a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science. “Radiology was the most interesting to me. Diagnostic imaging can tell physicians what is going on with patients. It is critical that it is done correctly.”
During his clinical rotation as an x-ray technician, Ryan had the opportunity to work at Lovelace Women’s Hospital. He remained with the hospital following his “when-necessary” (PRN) rotation to cross train as a CT tech. “Lovelace Women’s Hospital was my favorite rotation,” he adds. “Employees stay there. I held off applying at other hospitals waiting for an opportunity at Women’s.”
When a full-time opportunity as a CT tech became available, Ryan says he did not hesitate to apply. “You are welcomed with open arms here,” Ryan says of the hospital’s culture. “They do expect a lot of hard work, but it is rewarded. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and a variety of patients you work with in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a high-volume emergency department and orthopedic, gastrointestinal (GI) and medical/surgical floors.”
Over the last three years, Ryan says he has continued to learn and grow. “I am definitely growing in my career here at Women’s,” he says. “Now I am the main CT trainer for the hospital. I look forward to coming to work every day. I realized as a student that every department works well together and that is true today.”